What is biochemistry?
Do you want to break down biological processes, analyze them, and see how they work? Then biochemistry might be for you. Biochemistry is the foundation of all bodily functions: It is a chemical and life science.
Biochemists use the knowledge of what’s happening at the molecular level to understand and solve biological problems. The advances in the field have been staggering over the last hundred years—in gene expression, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, forensics, and more.
Why study biochemistry at Baker University?
At Baker University, you’ll gain a degree in biochemistry that is based on a liberal arts foundation. This means you’ll be equipped to work not only in a laboratory but also in careers investigating how biochemistry overlaps with ethics, criminal justice, sociology, public health, technology, and other fields. You’ll have the transferable skills to face the world’s challenges and the confidence to improve them.
Not to mention you’ll benefit from small class sizes, hands-on activities in the lab and classroom, the opportunity to conduct original research, and individualized attention from faculty. Biochemistry majors at Baker University learn the importance of mastering chemistry in the real world using cutting-edge instrumentation, which will make you career ready or prepared for graduate school.
Biochemistry Course Descriptions
The Department of Biology and Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Joanne M. Howard Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. Learn more.
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
- Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Scholarship
- Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
- E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
- Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
- Doris Cink and Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Erin Morris
Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry
B.A. Drury University, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
Expertise: molecular plant genetics
Office: Boyd Science Center 228
Assistant Professor of Laboratory Instruction
B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: chemical education
Office: Boyd Science Center 302
Dr. Jamin Perry
Associate Professor of Chemistry, R. Milford White Chair of Chemistry
B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia
Expertise: physical chemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 301
Dr. Jackie Dillon
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. University of Kansas Medical Center
Expertise: organic chemistry, biochemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 303